Generates less noise than previous versions of these liquid CPU coolers. Radiator has a depth of 49 millimeters, which is thicker than average for better cooling efficiency. Compatible with many different Intel and AMD sockets. Reasonable price point. Fan airflow of 77 CFM is well above average.
Build quality of the individual pieces could be more consistent.
Fan runs at a lower speed than some, so it'll generate a bit less noise than average. Pump has a thin, low profile design, which makes it easier to fit inside your computer case. Provides support for several different Intel and AMD sockets. Nice to find copper cold plate at this price (instead of aluminum).
May not stand up well for those who are using the computer 24 hours 7 days a week.
Contains improvements in the design of the fan and the copper cold plate to allow for more efficient cooling. Makes use of a large diameter tubing, which has a low evaporation level and is easier to maneuver into place. Works with multiple sockets for Intel and AMD CPUs.
Pump may not last if you're using your computer for heavy-duty work.
Uses a dual length 240-millimeter radiator, which has two fans and provides a much greater cooling surface. Even with dual fans in the configuration, the system doesn't generate a lot of noise. Uses magnetic installation brackets, which simplifies the process. Compatible with Intel and AMD sockets.
Pricey. Some users report problems with longevity of the pumps.
Has a pair of 140-millimeter fans in the configuration, which delivers a huge amount of coverage area for cooling. Will work with many different Intel and AMD sockets. Operates with less noise than you'd think when running two fans. Fans will shut off completely when CPU is running at low temperatures.
Costs a bit more than others. May need to order extra bracket hardware for some setups.
Liquid cooling can be a messy but essential addition to any serious gaming rig. Offering better heat management for the powerful CPUs needed to run high end games, liquid coolers protect a computer from extensive damage if it starts to overheat. Normally, this kind of setup would require a dedicated reservoir and tubing, but Corsair liquid cooling options are all self-contained. This means you can install them right into the desktop. Make sure you have a desktop case with enough space since many compact, mini, and cube cases do not have enough room for the larger parts and tubing needed.
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